THERE are big shoes to fill at Wendouree Cricket Club, and David Ellis believes he is the man for the job.
Ellis took the reigns of the team, stepping into the captaincy role after Heath Pyke resigned at the end of last season, leaving four of five consecutive premierships in his wake.
Ellis, 32, has come and gone from cricket for 16 years, taking on captaincy roles in cricket and other sports.
“Obviously it’s exciting and a little bit daunting. It adds a bit of pressure to make sure the team maintains being successful,” Ellis said.
“I’ve always been interested in leading the team, it’s just a different challenge to lead everyone to achieve the same goals.”
He said a sixth consecutive premiership was in his sights, but there would be a few boxes to tick first.
“A premiership is the goal. But with the changes made to the team, our main aim is just to keep winning games and make the top four,” Ellis said.
The club has undergone a large recruitment scheme, and Ellis said he would have to adapt to the change in dynamic.
“Just trying to get the new guys used to the culture of the team and making them aware of expectations will be a task,” he said.
“This year there are about four or five new guys back in to the firsts.
“Watching the young guys come through and develop into quality firsts cricketers will be great.”